So, if you’ve ever traveled with me, you will know that I am cursed when it comes to flying. I am consistently bumped from flights, seated next to children (tiny humans are great, until you put them on my airplane), given broken televisions, chairs that don’t recline, getting booked on delayed or canceled flights, etc. When I walk into an airport, baggage belts stop working, computer systems malfunction, and TSA lines somehow get longer (and I ALWAYS get stuck behind the lady that has NEVER heard of the 3-1-1 rule.)
I thought perhaps the travel gods had forgiven me, or that we had made peace somehow. I was granted Gold status on American Airlines and had been flying frequently back and forth across the country lately, mostly without incident. This weekend, all hell broke loose. Nobody wants to read a breakdown of all of the troubles I had flying, it would honestly be a post all its own
Canceled flights, delayed flights, lost luggage, not being able to find a human to talk to, oversold flights, tickets issued on a separate airline but not actually RECEIVED on that airline, 2nd leg of round trips being canceled, bad weather, out of pocket hotel, lots of hours on the phone. It was a neat experience, to be sure.
HOWEVER, it was all worth it, because I got to spend the weekend with my parents and siblings on the Shawnee Wine Trail.
Now, I am not much of a wine drinker, I just can’t get into the stuff. However, my mom and sisters are huge fans so I was happy to tag along with them, take their recommendations and use the opportunity to find new types that I might enjoy. We visited Von Jakob (great beer and delicious German food), Alto Vinyards (great live music, did an actual tasting here and I learned things…for instance that some people make their wine taste like cigars on purpose), Owl Creek Vinyard (cute! Great outdoor patio and more live music), Blue Sky Vineyard (AWESOME sangria!!), and we ended at Rustle Hill Winery (good local beers, and an excellent hill to roll down.) We had the best weather imaginable. It was sunny, mid 80’s, no humidity…perfect.
Because we chose to drink delicious wine all day, we opted to stay in the area at the Davie School Inn. This place was too cute, the owners purchased an abandoned school house from 1910 for $2000 and turned it into a very unique B&B We took up the white and yellow rooms, outfitted with half cozy furnishings, half schoolhouse charm. I may have left a tiny Trogdor on one of the chalkboards for the next guests. We spent the evening playing Yahtzee, which actually was more fun than I remembered. I won, natch.
Gary (the owner) cooked us an amazing breakfast of stuffed french toast, omelets, southwestern potatoes, fresh fruit, toast, and the fixings. The experience couldn’t have been better, if you plan to do the wine trail I highly suggest this spot, very affordable too!
Since it was Father’s Day weekend, we let Papa Cain pick what he wanted to do for lunch, and happily he suggested that we go to the Giant City Lodge for family-style fried chicken and sides. Thankfully Shannon’s friend Sarah had a brother who worked there and could get us in with a last minute reservation…thank you Sarah! We enjoyed unlimited fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, dumplings, biscuits, corn and green beans…yum!! We wandered around the park a bit and then headed back to Phil’s parents’ house to see the girls. Hung out with Syd and Lex, I stole a bunch of hugs and kisses from them, and then headed for the airport. The airport was a disaster, see the beginning of this post.
Anyway, I had a wonderful weekend with my family and enjoyed escaping the land of classes, exams, endless paperwork and travel prep. Less than one month to go!